DETROIT The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 174,388 as of Friday, including 7,309 deaths, state officials report.
Fridays update represents 3,168 new cases and 11 additional deaths. On Thursday, the state reported 171,220 total cases and 7,298 deaths.
New COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in Michigan. Testing has increased in recent weeks, with more than 40,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, but the positive rate has increased to above 5%. Hospitalizations have increased steadily for the last four weeks, including upticks in critical care and ventilator use.
Michigans 7-day moving average for daily cases was 2,623 on Thursday, the highest it has ever been. The states fatality rate is 4.3%. The state also reports active cases, which were listed at 48,800 as of Thursday, its highest mark on record. More than 114,000 have recovered in Michigan.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 3.5 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 8.9 million cases reported across the country. More than 228,900 have died in the U.S.
Worldwide, more than 45.2 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 1.18 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher, because of limited testing, different ways nations count the dead and deliberate under-reporting by some governments.
A research group is now labelling Michigan at critical risk for a coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 cases once again rise rapidly in the state.
The group of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts and public policy leaders at Covid Act Now are identifying each states risk level for the spread of COVID-19 -- which are worsening in most parts of the U.S.
On Thursday, Michigans risk level for a coronavirus outbreak increased from high risk to experiencing an active or imminent outbreak." The states new risk level is largely due to an increased infection rate and rapid increase of daily new COVID-19 cases, according to the data.
Michigan health officials have issued a new COVID-19 emergency order that includes stricter regulations on restaurants and gathering limits.
Director Robert Gordon and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, both with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, announced the new order Thursday. MDHHSs previous COVID-19 order was set to expire Friday.
Under the new order, no more than 50 people can gather indoors unless there is fixed seating. Facilities with fixed seating -- such as sports arenas -- are not affected by the new order. Also, restaurants, bars and other indoor non-residential locations cannot allow more than six people at a table.
As the number of COVID-19 cases spikes dramatically, Michigans top medical official broke down the incredibly disturbing trends in each of the states eight regions.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said during a news briefing Thursday that the states number of positive COVID-19 cases per million people per day has been increasing for six weeks, with a seven-day average thats twice as high as a month ago.
The state as a whole is reporting 172 positive cases per million people per day. Officials said 4,000 tests are being administered per million people each day.
The Upper Peninsula has the highest cases per million people, at 428, and positivity rate, at 7.9%. Michigans Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids regions are not far behind.
On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state treasurer Rachael Eubanks announced a new grant program for Michigan teachers and support staff.
Those who worked additional time and incurred additional costs during the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19 can receive grant money through two new grant programs.
Under both the Teacher COVID-19 Grant and the Support Staff COVID-19 Grant programs, eligible teachers can receive up to $500 and eligible support staff can receive up to $250. The state of Michigans Fiscal Year 2021 budget provides $53 million for eligible K-12 classroom teachers and $20 million for eligible support staff.
"I think that there are circumstances under which the governor could make the case that there is a new emergency because of an increased spike, " said Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Thats a possibility -- said Attorney General Dana Nessel -- when it comes to another state shutdown.
Michigans Health Department reported Saturday the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan is now 158,026, including more than 7,000 deaths.
Saturdays update alone 3,338 new cases and 35 additional deaths.
Nessel said Saturdays numbers are alarming and shes afraid things will get worse because this time since the Governors powers are somewhat limited.
But what concerns me is what I hear over and over and over from the Republicans that are in power at our state legislature is that they dont believe in shutting things down, Nessel said. They are big proponents of keeping everything open and theres no reason to shut anything down.
A group of healthcare, public health, university, labor and business leaders called on Michigans political leadership to demonstrate a complete unity of purpose to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The group stated support for mandatory standards for mask usage, workplace practices and public gatherings. They said the recent orders by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration should be deployed across the state with discipline.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon today issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 that updates and further expands requirements for residential care facilities, while also permitting indoor visitation in residential care facilities in certain circumstances.
The state had previously allowed outdoor visits and visits for terminally ill patients.
Under the order, visitation rules are linked to the risk level of the county. A list of county risk levels is available on the MI Safe Start Map.
Indoor visitation is now allowed in areas where the current risk level is A, B, C, or D, so long as the facilities have had no new cases, including those involving residents or staff, originating within the prior 14 days. Indoor visitation is not allowed when the county is at risk level E, which means there is an elevated incidence growth rate with average daily cases/million greater than 150 or a positivity rate greater than 20%.
An emergency stay-in-place order has been issued for University of Michigan students, requiring them to stay at their residences with few exceptions due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
The order is effective immediately and will continue through 7 a.m. Nov. 3, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department.
Under the order, undergraduate students must stay in their residence unless theyre attending class, accessing dining services or carrying out approved work that cant be done remotely.
Students who wish to return to their primary residence can do so only if they have completed the universitys procedures for leaving campus safely, health officials said.
Mayors from 11 Big Ten cities sent a letter to the conference requesting four additional safety measures be taken ahead of football season.
After it was originally postponed until the spring, the Big Ten football season was reinstated last month and will begin this weekend. Wisconsin and Illinois will officially start conference play Friday, with the rest of the league kicking off Saturday.
As part of the leagues reinstatement, officials outlined two specific COVID-19 stats that would be monitored to make sure teams would be allowed to play: team positivity rate and population positivity rate.
On Tuesday, 12 mayors -- 11 from Big Ten cities, as well as the mayor of Lansing -- sent a letter to the league requesting a few additional precautions be put in place. Read the letter here.
Michigan health officials have issued several coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations that mirror those previously put in place by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer before they were shot down by the states Supreme Court.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon issued the new order to restrict gathering sizes, require face masks in public spaces and childcare facilities, limit capacity in businesses and create safer workplaces, officials announced.
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Its in effect until at least Oct. 30, according to MDHHS.
After more than six months of being closed, movie theaters and bowling alleys have reopened in Michigan.
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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) director Robert Gordon issued an emergency order Tuesday that will requires K-12 schools to publicly disclose any probable or confirmed virus cases on their website within 24 hours of learning of the cases.
The order goes into effect on October 12, officials said.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued orders essentially reinstating restrictions on long term care facilities and other facilities due to coronavirus.
The orders come after Gov. Whitmers previous Executive Order was struck down by the state Supreme Court last week, saying she drew authority from a 1945 law that is unconstitutional.
MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said this new order relies on authorities that were first enacted after the Spanish Flu of 1918, and that were not at issue in the Michigan Supreme Courts decision.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a new order restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings and limiting some businesses across the state, citing authority that wasnt covered by the Supreme Courts recent decision.
This order reinstates three aspects of Gov. Gretchen Whitmers previous emergency orders:
This order is effective immediately and remains in effect through Oct. 30, according to MDHHS officials.
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Oct. 1:
Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Oct. 1:
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